The Rule of Law and the Pattern of Environment Protection

Author/Editor:

Muthukumara Mani ; Per G. Fredriksson

Publication Date:

March 1, 2002

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

We develop and test a theory of the rule of law and environmental policy formation. In our model an increase in the degree of rule of law has two opposing partial effects on environmental policy: first, a greater share of policy decisions are implemented according to law; second, industry bribery efforts increase because more is at stake. Moreover, we find that an increase in corruptibility of policymakers lowers the stringency of environmental policy. The empirical findings suggest that a greater degree of rule of law raises environmental policy stringency, but the effect is lower where corruptibility is high.

Series:

Working Paper No. 02/49

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 2002

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451846850/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0492002

Format:

Paper

Pages:

27

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